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Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)
WÄCHTERGASSE 1
1010 VIENNA
Austria

Austria > Private client Tier 2

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm)’s private client expertise includes issues surrounding post-marital claims, child custody issues, inheritance claims, company succession, and business assets of entrepreneurs. The firm advises clients on day-to-day matters as well as contentious matters before courts. Practice heads Gerald Schmidsberger and Birgit Leb have extensive experience in advising on the whole range of private client matters. Wolfgang Lauss is ‘solution-oriented, proactive and delivers an all-round service as well as outstanding expertise’.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Schmidsberger; Birgit Leb

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is quite big, and they complement each other very well. There is nothing that I can think of that they could improve. We have a relationship based on mutual trust.’

‘Our key contact person is Wolfgang Lauss who always is solution-oriented, proactive and delivers an all-round service as well as outstanding expertise which we appreciate very much. We are very satisfied in working with him.’

‘We have worked with them for many years, and the firm therefore knows our company history very well, which helps in identifying problems quickly. They are very straightforward and bring things right to the point without switching to “legal German.” I can’t think of any improvements. It’s an excellent cooperation.’

‘Our main contact is Wolfgang Lauss who always is competent, trustworthy and comprehensive in his advice. He’s very well-connected and knows how things work. I think our long experience together and his technical expertise are standing out.’

Key clients

Greiner Holding AG

Work highlights

  • Assisting Greiner Holding AG, a €1.5bn German family-owned company, with a range of highly complex cross-border private client issues including inheritance, marriage, power of attorney and charity issues.

Austria > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Having specialised in data protection for over 15 years, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s co-head Michael M Pachinger draws on broad experience and is praised for his ‘proactive’ approach. The practice supports an array of clients from various industries including IT, banking, aviation, e-commerce and retail as well as government and public service bodies. Counsel Philipp Reinisch co-heads the team; he contributes expertise in the legal implications for autonomous cars and rail traffic.

Testimonials

‘Availability on all levels- the practice not only is only quick on site or rather with advice and on your side, but they also understand the individual needs in the consultation.’

‘Dr Pachinger is quick to impress with his understanding of actual implementation in the company. It is precisely this understanding that is particularly important, as experience has shown that without this basis, appropriate advice can be tedious and misleading for both sides. Dr. Pachinger has the right sense of proportion for ideal legal advice, including any risk assessment.’  

‘Very professional team focusing on tangible results with very comprehensive knowledge and fast response times. We highly appreciate the personal and prompt response.’

‘Data protection is very important for our association. We, therefore, place great value on high expertise. Michael Pachinger is proactive and always does his best to show the full picture and explain the different ways we could go. It is a pleasure working with him.’

Key clients

VERITAS – Verlags- und Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. OG

durchblicker.at YOUSURE Tarifvergleich GmbH

TimeTac GmbH

Ringana GmbH

dm -drogerie markt GmbH

Ulla Popken GmbH & Co.KG.

Hagleitner Hygiene International GmbH

E. Breuninger GmbH & Co.

Upper Austria Tourism

Bleckmann GmbH & Co. KG

VERITAS – Verlags- und Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. OG

durchblicker.at YOUSURE Tarifvergleich GmbH

TimeTac GmbH

Ringana GmbH

dm -drogerie markt GmbH

Ulla Popken GmbH & Co.KG.

Hagleitner Hygiene International GmbH

E. Breuninger GmbH & Co.

Upper Austria Tourism

Bleckmann GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising durchblicker.at on a range of complex data protection issues associated with its platforms.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 3

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong presence in Upper Austria and is therefore frequently retained by corporate and manufacturing clients based in the region. Its portfolio spans construction and property-related litigation alongside antitrust, corporate and banking-related disputes. Arbitration and litigation expert Markus Fellner heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Markus Fellner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Competent analysis and prompt implementation.

Key clients

LSW GmbH and HLSW GmbH

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG (formerly KTM Industries AG)

dm drogerie markt Verwaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE

HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H.

Klenk & Meder GmbH

ARGE Klenk & Meder GmbH and Schmied-Fellmann Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Work highlights

  • Representing LSW GmbH and HLSW GmbH in €1.2bn proceedings against entities of the Steinhoff Group, one of them being Steinhoff Europe AG, pertaining to the transfer of shares and outstanding credit liability.
  • Representing KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG in three competition proceedings against the licensee, who has been granted exclusive rights to use the brand KTM in the bicycle sector.
  • Acting for dm drogerie markt Verwaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H. in multiple corporate disputes.

Austria > EU and competition Tier 3

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) supports clients in antitrust proceedings, cartel investigations and compliance matters, among other areas. The firm has a presence in Brussels, where it has a dedicated antitrust office and practice head Christina Hummer splits her time between Vienna and Brussels. Hummer is well versed in questions of cartel investigations, merger filings, and cases regarding abuse of dominant position and state aid, in addition to compliance matters. Markus Fellner is specialised in competition law, particularly pertaining to competition disputes. Wolfgang Lauss completes the partner bench.

Practice head(s):

Christina Hummer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ability to quickly dive into (non legal) industry-expertise relevant to understanding legal implications, passionate and goal oriented.’

‘Always available, focused on problem solving. Highly responsive.’

‘High identification with the daily business of the client.’

‘Partners are very responsive, support excellently in short times when necessary. Do not hesitate in reviewing other law firms’ opinions and give straight answers. It seems to me that they very well understand in-house legal challenges thus support adequately.’

‘Reliability and excellent work ethics of Markus Fellner. Making my problem his problem to be solved together. Personal integrity.’

‘Markus P. Fellner: very good merger clearance lawyer.’

‘I especially appreciate the special attention the team gives to keeping me informed in a timely and comprehensive manner and responding to difficult questions with quality and speed. The team seems to work together seamlessly and everyone is very dedicated. Markus Fellner is always (even when on vacation) available for urgent cases. I am very pleased with the results.’

‘Mr. Fellner: I have full confidence in his comprehensive advice and especially appreciate his particularly careful execution of the merger applications. His great attention to detail is crucial for this case. Especially once a filing has to be done in several countries at the same time.’

Key clients

HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H.

Energie AG Oberösterreich Umweltservice GmbH

Energie AG Oberösterreich

dm-drogerie markt Verwaltungs GmbH

Employees of Kaefer Isoliertechnik GmbH

Hofer KG

KTM AG / Pierer Mobility AG

Pierer Industrie AG, PALFINGER AG, FSS Vermögensverwaltung GmbH

Baumit GmbH and Austrotherm GmbH

Pankl Racing Systems AG

Pierer Industrie AG

PBS Holding AG

Unimarkt Gruppe

Invest Unternehmensbeteiliungs AG

Work highlights

  • Representing HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft in ongoing Austrian antitrust proceedings.
  • Representing dm-drogerie markt Verwaltungs GmbH, general partner of Germany’s largest drugstore retailer, in a long-running case which was subject to an Austrian Supreme Court’s landmark judgment clarifying the concept of “intergroup exemption”.
  • Advising three major Austrian companies – Pierer Industrie AG, Palfinger AG, FSS Vermögensverwaltung – on the multijurisdictional competition law analysis of their joint acquisition of a majority stake in Jetfly Airline.

Austria > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

With offices across Austria, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) stands out for its regional capabilities with a particular focus on Upper Austria, where insolvency and restructuring specialist Ernst Chalupsky and Sebastian Hütter are based. Together with Nina Pichler, who is the key contact in Vienna and Graz, Hütter has a focus on work at the corporate intersection, while Pichler also handles dispute resolution. This set-up attracts debtors, creditors and foreign insolvency administrators requiring assistance with insolvency filings, restructuring procedures, distressed M&A and insolvency-related litigation. Alexander Anderle (also based in Upper Austria) routinely acts as insolvency administrator.

Austria > Public procurement Tier 3

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) advises clients, particularly those from the region of Upper Austria, on the whole range of public procurement related matters. Covid-19, public health, road safety, and transport are some of the topics that have featured in its recent workload. Hanno Liebmann leads the team and has specialist knowledge of transport law and infrastructure projects. 2021 saw three partner promotions in the practice: Edwin Scharf, Jana Seywald and Stella Zankl.

Practice head(s):

Hanno Liebmann

Testimonials

‘The team always tries to achieve the best for the client. Should somebody not be able to precisely clarify a topic, further specialists are called in so that there is never any legal risk for the client.’

 

Key clients

Federal State of Upper Austria

Federal State of Salzburg

Bundespensionskasse AG

Schiene OÖ GmbH

Oö. Theater und Orchester GmbH

Elin GmbH

Oberösterreichische Gesundheitsholding GmbH

Kepler Universitätsklinikum GmbH

Soravia Group and Soravia Equity GmbH

Energie AG Oberösterreich Tech Services GmbH

Xenocs SAS

Salzburg AG für Energie, Verkehr und Telekommunikation

Ardex Baustoff GmbH

ASFiNAG – Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen- Finanzierungs-AG

Ärztekammer für Oberösterreich

Fawo GmbH

Business Upper Austria

Work highlights

  • Advising on tenders for the set-up and operation of antigen testing and vaccination lines in the whole of Upper Austria.
  • Advising on the procurement of 70 hybrid tram-train vehicles.
  • Advising one of Austria’s largest hospitals on the first tenders for construction of a new €220m children’s hospital unit.

Austria > Real estate Tier 3

With offices in Vienna, Graz, Linz and Wels, Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong regional footprint and attracts real estate developers, property (portfolio) owners and investment companies. Led by real estate M&A and real estate finance expert Immanuel Gerstner, the team is well placed to assist with a wide range of matters arising from the acquisition, sale, financing and development of real estate (including plot transactions) across various asset classes. This offering is complemented by Jana Seywald's tenancy law expertise, which has recently led to several Covid-19-related instructions. Real estate disputes are typically handled in conjunction with the firm's dispute resolution practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The SCWP team provides high-quality work, fast and efficient results. They are always available for us- even on weekends. Very fast reaction time.’

They cover all areas of real estate law. Specifically, they have broad experience in large-scale transactions.’

The team is very dedicated and provides excellent services.’

The real estate practice of SCWP stands out because they deliver incomparably good results with a highly experienced team. They understand our commercial needs and the trends of the industry. Pricing is reasonable – very good value in comparison to other law firms.’

‘We mainly work with Irene Meingast and are very happy with her. She handles all our legal real estate issues (transactions, tenancy law, construction issues, real estate-related disputes). She has deep knowledge of what she does and always goes into every legal detail.’

Irene Meingast translates complex legal concepts into understandable advice. She is very reliable, goal-oriented and always enthusiastic about finding a solution that works for us. We have not seen any other Austrian lawyer with such commitment for the client.’

‘We work with a team consisting of Irene Meingast, Immanuel Gerstner and Lukas Leitner. Immanuel Gerstner is excellent in negotiations and is highly experienced in handling complex transactions. He heads the real estate practice in Vienna. Irene Meingast and Lukas Leitner have been working with him for a very long time. You can see that they work very efficiently as a team and can handle large-scale transactions and very complex issues. They have a solution-oriented view and a hands-on mentality. We feel very comfortable working with them.

Key clients

Soravia Group

IFA Institut für Anlageberatung

Primevest Capital Partners

UBM Development GmbH

IES Immobilien Gruppe

W-One Capital GmbH

Lambert Immobilien GmbH

PMI Immobilien und Beteiligungs GmbH

Mazda Rainer Group

MVTE private foundation, part of IES Group

Leasinvest Real Estate SCA

Ima Immobilien GmbH

Anwone Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Rainer Group, owner of one of the largest non-institutional commercial real estate portfolios in Vienna, on the €38m sale of a property to Microsoft for the construction of a Microsoft data centre.
  • Advising the Soravia Group on the sale of the Austro Tower to a German institutional real estate investor via forward deal.
  • Assisting IFA Institut für Anlageberatung with the acquisition of the property Residenz Mayburg from the Panquadr.at Group.

Austria > Administrative law and public sector Tier 4

The public law and procurement practice at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) acts for federal bodies on a wide range of matters including environmental law, planning, and in relation to railway infrastructure. Vienna-based Hanno Liebmannh handles general public law and Markus Nussbaumer focuses on environmental law from the firm's Linz office.

Practice head(s):

Hanno Liebmann; Markus Nussbaumer

Key clients

Federal State of Upper Austria

Federal State of Salzburg

Schiene OÖ GmbH

Bundespensionskasse AG

Vienna Insurance Group

Wiener Städtische Versicherung

Salzburg AG für Energie, Verkehr und Telekommunikation

Ardex Baustoff GmbH

ASFiNAG – Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen- Finanzierungs-AG

AMAG casting GmbH

AMAG service GmbH

Bernegger GmbH

Netz Oberösterreich GmbH

Brenntag Austria GmbH

Energie AG Umwelt Service GmbH

Federal State of Upper Austria

Federal State of Salzburg

Schiene OÖ GmbH

Bundespensionskasse AG

Vienna Insurance Group

Wiener Städtische Versicherung

Salzburg AG für Energie, Verkehr und Telekommunikation

Ardex Baustoff GmbH

ASFiNAG – Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen- Finanzierungs-AG

AMAG casting GmbH

AMAG service GmbH

Bernegger GmbH

Netz Oberösterreich GmbH

Brenntag Austria GmbH

Energie AG Umwelt Service GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising one of Austria’s primary federal regions on public law issues arising from its procurement of hybrid tram-train rolling stock.
  • Advising the State of Upper Austria and the state-owned railway company on the planning, development, construction and operation of railway lines for regional transport in Upper Austria.
  • Advising Bundespensionskasse AG on public law issues arising from the acquisition and management of real estate investments.

Austria > Banking and finance Tier 4

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s banking and finance group is now solely led by financing specialist Immanuel Gerstner. Its financing work is a reflection of the firm's solid real estate law expertise with regular mandates pertaining to real estate and project finance, while handling matters at the intersection with capital markets law constitutes another key element of the practice. The team acts for borrowers and lenders. Former co-head and compliance and banking supervisory law expert Matthias Steyrer departed the firm in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Fast reaction, competent advice, solution-oriented.’

‘Each partner/ associate is a single know-how centre.’

‘Clemens Harsch has excellent knowledge of banking law.’

Key clients

Landes-Hypothekenbank Steiermark Aktiengesellschaft

LIGMA Lead Invest Management GmbH

IFA Invest GmbH

Reintrieb GmbH

IFA Institut für Anlageberatung AG

The Blue Effekkt GmbH

Raiffeisen Landesbank Steiermark AG

ecoduna AG

SORAVIA Equity GmbH

Bank of Shanghai und DeHeng Shanghai Law Office

SoReal GmbH

Energie AG Oberösterreich

Work highlights

  • Advised Landes-Hypothekenbank Steiermark Aktiengesellschaft, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark AG, on the transfer of independent bank branches to local Raiffeisen banks by way of an asset deal.
  • Advising LIGMA Lead Invest Management GmbH on the finance structuring of large-scale real estate projects .
  • Advising IFA Invest GmbH, a subsidiary of Soravia Group, on the operation of an online portal for corporate bonds and real estate-related investments for retail investors.

Austria > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) is a go-to counsel for clients from the hi-tech, financial, industrial and construction sectors. Its scope encompasses M&As, investments, restructurings and asset deals. The names to note are Immanuel Gerstner, who also handles financial and real estate transactions, and structuring specialist Franz Mittendorfer. Wolfgang Lauss has CEE-experience.

Practice head(s):

Immanuel Gerstner; Franz Mittendorfer

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Hütter; Wolfgang Lauss

Testimonials

‘Fast reaction, competent advice, solution-oriented.’

‘Very broad range of competencies in all legal areas; high level of experience;’

‘Stand-out partner: Sebastian Hütter, very good negotiating skills; extensive competencies; highest commitment in projects.’

Key clients

Pankl AG

Landeshypothekenbank Steiermark AG

SoReal GmbH (part of Soravia Group)

Baumit Beteiligungen GmbH

AVV Investment GmbH

JR Investment GmbH

Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG

Waagner-Biro Bridge Systems AG

Shareholders of DACH Medical Group Holding AG

Mate GmbH

Primevest Capital Partners

Presidio Advisors LLC

Unimarkt Gruppe GmbH

dm drogerie markt Verwaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

LSW GmbH

HLSW GmbH

Neuson Industries GmbH

Reintrieb GmbH

Pankl AG

Landeshypothekenbank Steiermark AG

SoReal GmbH (part of Soravia Group)

Baumit Beteiligungen GmbH

AVV Investment GmbH

JR Investment GmbH

Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG

Waagner-Biro Bridge Systems AG

Shareholders of DACH Medical Group Holding AG

Mate GmbH

Primevest Capital Partners

Presidio Advisors LLC

Unimarkt Gruppe GmbH

dm drogerie markt Verwaltungsgesellschaft m.b.H.

LSW GmbH

HLSW GmbH

Neuson Industries GmbH

Reintrieb GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Landeshypothekenbank Steiermark AG on completion of a major corporate restructuring exercise executed through the transfer, via asset deal, of independent bank branches to local Raiffeisen banks.
  • Advising Unimarkt Group on the acquisition of the entire Unimarkt Group as part of a management buyout.
  • Advised Invest AG and OÖ Invest, both legally independent funds of Austria’s leading private equity group, on their investment in Kapsch BusinessCom AG.

Austria > Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 4

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong presence in Upper Austria and consequently receives regular mandates from some of the biggest players in the region with particular experience in engineering, manufacturing and construction sector work. As well as acting as party counsel, team head Markus Fellner also sits as arbitrator and handles litigation.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They can accommodate the client’s needs and look for a better solution.

Cooperative and the advice is good.

I appreciated the extra attention the team is giving me to keep me up-to-date. The team seems to work together seamlessly.

Very dedicated team, i.e. when advantageous to my case, they don’t hesitate to submit briefs in the middle of the night (due to the time difference between Vienna and the place of arbitration). I am very happy with the results.

Markus Fellner was recommended to me as being highly knowledgeable and dedicated and I have the same experience. I fully trust his judgement and value his particularly meticulous conduct of international proceedings. His attention to detail is pivotal for this particular case.

The team members I worked with have given prior info and can accommodate the client needs to talk and understand the issues and look for a better solution.

The team always strives to achieve the best for the client.

If a subject cannot be clarified completely by the lawyer in charge, other specialists are called in so that there is never a legal risk for the client.

Key clients

Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE

Daniel Grenzner, Heaven Seven GmbH, Heaven Seven Swiss AG

KSJ Pharmatech Pty Lt., Australia

Klenk & Meder

Work highlights

  • Representing Bilfinger Bohr- und Rohrtechnik GmbH and HDI Global SE in VIAC proceedings against its subsidiary in a dispute pertaining to a major explosion at the Baumgarten natural gas station.
  • Acting for the Austrian and Swiss sellers of meditation devices, Daniel Grenzner, Heaven Seven GmbH and Heaven Seven Swiss AG, in Los Angeles-based ICDR proceedings against the manufacturer Lovetuner pertaining to an alleged confidentiality agreement between the client and the manufacturer.
  • Advising KSJ Pharmatech, an Australian pharmaceutical company, on potential ICC proceedings against the Austrian pharma company Montavit following the termination of an exclusive distribution agreement governing Australia and New Zealand.

Austria > Employment Tier 5

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm)'s employment practice handles reorganisations, the intra-group transfer of employees as well as employment litigation. The firm has also been involved in Covid-19 related advisory work and disputes before the Austrian courts. Roland Heinrich, who has notable proficiency advising on manager contracts, plant closures and redundancy plans, and Bettina Poglies-Schneiderbauer, who focuses on temporary employment matters, are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Roland Heinrich; Bettina Poglies-Schneiderbauer

Testimonials

‘SWCP has experts for different legal issues. It is more efficient and easier to coordinate.’

‘Smart, professional, cooperative, flexible.’

 

Key clients

Secop Austria

Evotec GT

Work highlights

  • Advising the Austrian subsidiary of Secop Austria on employment law issues arising from a restructuring process.
  • Assisting a global life sciences company with a range of issues arising from the transfer of employees from one of the largest life sciences multinationals.
  • Advising a multinational agriculture company on the restructuring of a production site subsequent to shutdown of its main production unit and the laying off of several employees.

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 5

The team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) handles a variety of IP administration as well as contentious matters, with additional expertise in niche issues such as misuse of domain names. Based in upper Austria, Maximilian Gumpoldsberger, Reinhard Paulitsch and Michael M Pachinger co-lead the practice. Oliver Plöckinger was promoted to contract partner in April 2021 and in May 2021 counsel Dominique Schichtle joined to strengthen the copyright area.

Key clients

Patent South Africa, Dr. Gerntholtz Inc Intellectual Property Lawyers

SIA Social Impact gemeinnützige GmbH (“SIA Social Impact”)

Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH

 

Work highlights

  • Advising the education group SIA Social Impact on the acquisition and administration of the union trademark SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD from Vienna University of Economics.
  • Advising Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH, the public body for the promotion of tourism in Upper Austria on its application for a trademark to the Austrian Patent Office.

The firm:  Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) is one of Austria’s leading business law firms. The firm’s roots date back to 1946. Based on this long-standing tradition, the firm’s focus is to provide comprehensive legal advice in all relevant fields of domestic and international business and commercial law by using their wide-ranging and in-depth experience and understanding of sectors, industries and markets.

Saxinger Chalupsky & Partners (SCWP Schindhelm) has an excellent, ambitious team of lawyers eager to benefit their clients’ businesses. They differentiate themselves from other Austrian law firms with their excellent level of client care by explaining and summarising any legal problems and providing the respective tailored solutions to their client´s technical and/or commercial needs. Through its global network combined  with local expertise and in-depth know-how they can thus guarantee their clients the best possible legal advice in many different jurisdictions.

One of Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners’ major changes happened in 2009 after significant expansion which enlarged the firm’s wide-ranging expertise across many industries. The firm acted as a founding member of the international Schindhelm Alliance. Since then SCWP Schindhelm is a member of the SCWP Schindhelm Services SE, an alliance of European business law firms with offices in Central and Eastern Europe and the Asia Pacific region with more than 230 lawyers in 14 countries at 30 offices, including: Bilbao, Bologna, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Denia, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Gliwice, Graz, Hanover, Imola, Istanbul, Linz, Madrid, Munich, Osnabrück, Palma de Mallorca, Paris, Pilsen, Prague, Shanghai, Sofia, Taicang, Valencia, Vienna, Warsaw, Wels and Wroclaw.

In 2010, the firm started its commitment in the Asian market with an Asia desk and its alliance office in Shanghai, which was in 2015 extended and strengthened by the Asia network and an additional office in Taicang. The firm’s clients now benefit from the Asia network of the Schindhelm alliance and reliable partners in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as offices located in China.

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: whether it is the purchase or disposal of companies or share holdings – the firm’s advisory activities cover the entire range of possible transaction forms. The firm advises on all phases of the transaction, from the letter of intent, the structuring and control of the transaction to due diligence and contract creation, to post-closing.

Real estate: whether it is acquisition or sale, development or management, utilisation or financing of real estate, the firm advises in all aspects of real estate: from property and construction law to corporate and capital market, and tax and environmental law.

Banking and finance/capital markets: the firm advises large and medium-sized companies and international corporations, public institutions and national and international banks and funds on all issues of financial management from the formulation of contracts to possible proceedings and disputes, both out of court and before courts, arbitral tribunals and other authorities.

Litigation/dispute resolution: the renowned dispute resolution practice of SCWP Schindhelm has vast experience in both advising and representing foreign, multinational and international clients before national and European courts as well as before arbitral tribunals. The experts of SCWP Schindhelm litigate in all areas of law and represent their clients in all kinds of disputes such as post M&A, corporate and construction disputes. SCWP Schindhelm’s experts are among others especially experienced in the industry sectors automotive, energy, construction and industrial engineering, distribution and franchising, health care and pharmaceutical, financial services, real estate as well as transportation. Further, SCWP Schindhelm’s experts are also active as arbitrators and business mediators.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate/M&A, Insolvency, Dispute Resolution Ernst Chalupskye.chalupsky@scwp.com
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate Immanuel Gerstneri.gerstner@scwp.com
IP/IT Maximilian Gumpoldsbergerm.gumpoldsberger@scwp.com
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate Wolfgang Laussw.lauss@scwp.com
Banking and Finance, Corporate M&A, Litigation, Real Estate Franz Mittendorferf.mittendorfer@scwp.com
Corporate/M&A, Banking and Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring, Private Client Gerald Schmidsbergerg.schmidsberger@scwp.com
Corporate/M&A, Insolvency and Restructuring, Real Estate Alexander Anderlea.anderle@scwp.com
Litigation/dispute resolution, Antitrust/Distribution Markus Fellnerm.fellner@scwp.com
Antitrust/distribution, Compliance Christina Hummerc.hummer@scwp.com
Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Private Client Birgit Lebb.leb@scwp.com
Dispute Resolution, Public Construction and Environmental Law, Public Procurement Hanno Liebmannh.liebmann@scwp.com
Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law Irene Meingasti.meingast@scwp.com
Procurement, Compliance, IP/IT Markus Nussbaumerm.nussbaumer@scwp.com
IP/IT, Contracts and Standard Terms Michael Pachingerm.pachinger@scwp.com
Commercial criminal law/compliance Oliver Plöckingero.ploeckinger@scwp.com
Corporate, Employment law, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate Bettina Poglies-Schneiderbauerb.poglies-schneiderbauer@scwp.com
Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dipsute Resolution, Private Client Thomas Ruhmt.ruhm@scwp.com
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CLIENT: Nikolaus Lallitsch, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Raiffeisen Landesbank Steiermark
TESTIMONIAL: Für uns ist SCWP Schindhelm längst die Nummer eins in allen Immobilienangelegenheiten.

SCWP Schindhelm has become the number one in all real estate matters for us.


CLIENT: Petra Riffert, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: Ich darf Ihnen das Kompliment der wirklich angenehmen und sehr kompetenten Zusammenarbeit aussprechen.

I would like to compliment you on the really pleasant and very competent cooperation.


CLIENT: Markus Auer, CFO
COMPANY/FIRM: Beck Fastener Group
TESTIMONIAL: Ich möchte mich bei Ihnen für Ihre grandiose Unterstützung bedanken! Hat auch Spaß gemacht, mit diesem Team zusammen zu arbeiten!

I would like to thank you for your great support! It was also fun to work with this team!


CLIENT: Marc Rieker, attorney
COMPANY/FIRM: GKN Group Legal
TESTIMONIAL: Im Namen des ganzen GKN Teams danke ich Ihnen vielmals für die geleistete hervorragende Arbeit! Man konnte ja leicht den Überblick verlieren, aber Sie hatten die Sache jederzeit fest im Griff. Zudem waren wir sehr angetan von Ihrer präzisen und verlässlichen Art zu arbeiten.

On behalf of the entire GKN team, I would like to thank you very much for your excellent work! It was easy to lose track of things, but you had the situation under control at all times. We were also very pleased with your precise and reliable way of working.


CLIENT: Thomas Fleischanderl, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: eMagnetix Online Marketing GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: Von der Erfassung unseres Anliegens bis hin über Ausarbeitung und abschließenden Klärung von Fragen lief alles sehr professionell, verständlich und sympathisch ab. Wir sind mit dem Ergebnis sehr zufrieden. Herzlichen Dank, gerne wieder!

Everything went very professionally, smoothly and sympathetically, from taking on our concerns to the clarification of all our questions. We are very satisfied with the results. Many thanks, again!


CLIENT: Leopold Windtner, Chief Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: AVE CEE Group
TESTIMONIAL: With its multinational competences and in-depth legal guidance, SCWP Schindhelm gave us top advice on the successful implementation of the sale of the AVE CEE group.


CLIENT: Franz Ömer
COMPANY/FIRM: bet-at-home AG
TESTIMONIAL: SCWP Schindhelm has advised us practically since the very beginning of our entrepreneurial activities. They have been and remain competent and reliable partners during all key stages of our corporate development


CLIENT: Manfred Kaulich, Head of legal and risk department
COMPANY/FIRM: ELIN GmbH & Co KG
TESTIMONIAL: The SCWP team represented us to the highest standard during this lawsuit. Due to its complexity, the facts had to be assessed meticulously, in particular in order to “bring down” the contractual limitation of liability. By virtue of the professional quality of the pleadings, this eventually succeeded


CLIENT: Herbert Kubasta
COMPANY/FIRM: Schiene OÖ GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: SCWP Schindhelm advised Schiene OÖ GmbH to the highest standard on several legal issues during our first big project. The results are convincing.

Immanuel Gerstner, Senior Partner

Senior Partner Immanuel Gerstner about the importance of technological progress in the legal field and what differentiates SCWP Schindhelm from other Austrian law firms

What do you see as the main points that differentiate SCWP Schindhelm (Saxinger, Chalupsky and Partners) from your competitors?

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partner Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) is one of Austria’s leading CEE-operating law firms. Our roots date back to 1946. Based on this long-standing tradition, our focus is to provide comprehensive legal advice in all relevant fields of domestic and international business law by making use of our wide-ranging and in-depth experience and understanding of sectors, industries and markets. Our clients include businesses, private investors, government agencies, private individuals and families.

We have an excellent, ambitious team of lawyers eager to win great clients and to benefit our clients’ businesses. We are not just experts at law. We differentiate ourselves from other Austrian law firms with our excellent level of client care by identifying a client’s needs, explaining and summarizing any legal problems and providing the respective tailored solutions to our clients. We can thus proudly guarantee our clients the best possible legal advice. Our people strive to assist clients with all the issues they face, and to think and go beyond traditional lawyering.

In independent ratings of renowned industry publications, SCWP Schindhelm regularly ranks among the top 10 corporate law firms in Austria and the CEE region in numerous fields of law. Legal Directories hold that the firm’s M & A practice is “second to none” in its original home market upper Austria. Upper Austria is the leading state in Austria in terms of industry, exports and technology. Around one quarter of industrial production and exports in Austria stem from this region. At the same time, as member of the SCWP Schindhelm Alliance, an alliance of European corporate law firms, focusing on Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific active in 12 countries to date (see question 3. below), the firm’s practice is predestined to advise clients on all cross-border matters. Said legal directories have in particular also recognize that the growing Vienna practice has gained significant market exposure and reputation throughout the last years and is active for reputable national and international clients. The Vienna practice with its cross-border orientation hence has attracted a new-client segment, i.e. institutional foreign investors.

We are of the opinion that this combination of strong local roots on the one hand and cross-border focus on the other is unique and makes the firm’s practice special.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We believe that Corporate/M&A which has always been one of the core practices of our firm as well as banking and finance will continue to grow in light of a stronger economy and the growing importance of compliance standards.

Moreover, with reference to our observations over the last few years, we expect the real estate sector to grow steadily. Although there is a general post-Brexit slump in sentiment towards the UK, investors continue to see value in real estate across many parts of Europe.

Another sector that we expect to grow is intellectual property and data protection with reference to an environment of increasing competition, globalization and rapid data transfer.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

One of the major changes happened in 2009 after a significant expansion which enlarged our wide-ranging expertise across many industries. We acted as a founding member of the international Schindhelm Alliance. Since then SCWP Schindhelm is a member of the SCWP Schindhelm Services SE, alliance of European business law firms with offices in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia Pacific with more than 200 lawyers in 12 countries at 24 offices.

Our alliance sees itself as an international network and it goes without saying that the lawyers speak both German and English, as well as the respective local language.

Personal contact with our clients – here in Austria or abroad – has always been important to us and in this respect our clients benefit significantly from the alliance and our cooperation offices. Now we can support our clients in all topics and pool the competence of colleagues abroad quickly, professionally and unbureaucratically.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

No business remains unaffected by technology. Social Media, rapid technology adoption and changing behaviors are driving massive changes to the channels through which we communicate. Technology has positively affected the way we interact with our clients. We are now able to easily and transparently communicate with our clients 24/7 from everywhere in the world, including telephone and video conferences, file sharing etc. providing the possibility to develop, maintain, and strengthen the relationship with our clients. As such, we are constantly developing and improving our client relationship management (CRM) and we provide a substantial amount of information and articles on our website as well as newsletters which we send out regularly to our national and international clients.

Furthermore, we also believe that technological progress in the digital field can make an important contribution to increasing the efficiency of our services. At this point, we would like to refer to SimpLex Doks: SCWP Schindhelm recently won the award “Best Legal Tech Innovation 2018” for SimpLEX Doks at the first edition of “Promoting the Best Award”. SimpLEX Doks increases the efficiency of all commercial law firms and legal departments by highly automating applications to the commercial register (Firmenbuch).

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We want our clients to be successful and to achieve their goals. For us, excellent services are creative, pragmatic and commercially expedient results that are tailored to our clients’ requirements and that help them to move forward. Our experts undergo continuous further training and develop new ideas and approaches for solving a problem. We thus keep an eye on all entrepreneurial hurdles and stumbling blocks for our clients.

With regards, particularly to cross-border transactions, which involve several jurisdictions, the international character of the SCWP Schindhelm alliance offers a special added value for the client: a one-stop-shop for legal advice. However, outstanding specialist legal expertise is not enough for us. As a lawyer, it is always very gratifying if a client grows up from a small “start-up” to a publicly listed corporation and we can take part in the process as advisers. Over the years, the outcome is reciprocal trust as well as real friendships.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three year’s time?

Our aim is to evolve, together with our clients and their businesses and to remain one of the most respected full service law firms in Austria. In order to achieve this goal, we t continue assisting our clients in a world that´s becoming more complex every year.

Moreover, we are planning to substantially invest in strategic acquisitions and team hires, and will build capabilities through emphasizing collaboration and talent development. This orientation is emphasised, for example, by the recent hiring of our new partner Matthias Steyrer, who expands the expertise in the field of Banking & Finance at the Vienna office.